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We are keen to buy work by Gerald Benney


Gerald Benney was born in 1930 in Hull to artistic parents, went to Brighton College of Art 1946-8 (his father was Principal) where he trained as a silversmith in the workshop of Dunstan Pruden at Ditchling. After military service he attended the Royal College of Art 1950-53 under Professor Robert Goodden. (Benney was Professor of Silversmithing and Jewellery here from 1974 to 1983). In 1953 he secured a workshop from the retiring owner Mr. S W Ide, the best gold-plater in London, at Whitfield Place off Tottenham Court Road. In 1958 he was made a Freeman of the Goldsmith's Company. 1964 elected a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. In 1969 he moved his London studio to Falcon Wharf, Bankside and by 1973 was at warehouses in Bear Lane, Southwark. Christopher Lawrence and Brian Fuller were both managers for him. With the crippling increase in VAT on luxury goods in 1974 he had to let most of his 19 staff go and moved everything to Beenham House, his home in Berkshire, where he stayed until 1998. Bear Lane was sold to Grant Macdonald who had a larger export market to the Middle East. From 1957-1969 Benney was Consultant Designer to Viners of Sheffield, designing pieces for silver, pewter and stainless steel production. In 1971 he became a Royal Designer for Industry. He had one man exhibitions at Goldsmith's Hall in 1973, enamels in 1994 and another in 2005. From 1974-1980 he received 4 Royal Warrants of appointment. Most important for the development of silver design he was appointed Professor at the Royal College of Art from 1974-1983. In 1981 he became Assistant at the Goldsmith's Hall. In 1993 his son Simon opened the showroom Benney in Walton Street.
Gerald Benney died in 2008.

Personal Statement "My philosophy as such is to project and involve my own personal design theme without too much reference to others in the field."






 



GERALD BENNEY 6 Place Silver Service

6 Place Silver Service
Gerald Benney
London 1967/8
36 Pieces

£7500

In original green silk lined covers in leatherette box.

An early example with the address printed in lid 'Whitfield Place' - before he moved to Bear Lane.

(We cannot recall seeing any service earlier than the commission for ICI in 1969)  


GERALD BENNEY 6 Place Silver Service

GERALD BENNEY Silver 3 Piece Coffee SetGERALD BENNEY Silver 3 Piece Coffee Set

Silver Coffee Set
Gerald Benney
Coffee: London 1973
Jug & Bowl: London 1976
Height: 27 cm

£6500
 



GERALD BENNEY Silver Tumbler Cup

Silver Tumbler Cups
Gerald Benney
London 1968
Diameter:Top 6 cm
Height: 5.2 cm

£550 each

4 available 


GERALD BENNEY Silver Tumbler Cup

SIMON BENNEY Silver and Enamel Beaker SIMON BENNEY Silver and Enamel Beaker


Simon Benney
London 2006
Height: 8 cm
Diameter: 7.8 cm

£1250

A presentation commission by Prince Charles.

Prince of Wales Crest to front

Engraved to rear: For Hans - with profound gratitude for your remarkable generosity and helping to save a unique house for the nation, Charles June 2007.

The Prince of Wales and a consortium endeavoured to save for the nation, Dumfries House, in Ayrshire. The Palladian House contains one of the most important collections of Chippendale furniture and works of art. After considerable fund raising the house was saved.



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Pair Silver candlesticks

Pair Silver Candlesticks
Gerald Benney
London 1969
Height: 25 cm

£3950
 


Pair Silver candlesticks

Silver Coffee PotSilver Coffee Pot

London 1967
Gerald Benney
Height: 26cm
£2950 



Silver Beaker

Silver Beaker
Gerald Benney
London 1970
Height: 8.5 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm

£795 


Silver Beaker

GERALD BENNEY Silver BeakerGERALD BENNEY Silver Beaker

Silver Beaker
Gerald Benney
London 1973
Height: 8.5 cm
Diamtere: 6.3 cm

£795

Crested - The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
- 'Serve and Obey' 



Silver Sugar Caster

Silver Sugar Caster
Gerald Benney
London 1990
Height: 16.2 cm
Diameter base: 5 cm

£995

Identical example London 1995 £995 


Silver Sugar Caster

Silver GobletSilver Goblet

Silver Goblet
Gerald benney
London 1990
Height: 11 cm
Diameter: 5.5 cm

£695 



Silver Pricket Candleholder

Silver Pricket Candle Holder
Gerald Benney
London 1963
Height: 17 cm
Diameter of base: 14 cm

£1450

Provenence: The Janet and Gerald Benney Silver Collection 


Silver Pricket Candleholder

Silver Butter KnifeSilver Butter Knife

Silver Butter Knife
Gerald benney
London 1970
14.5 cm

£250 each

2 available 



Silver Mustard Spoons

Silver Mustard Spoon
Gerald benney
London 1970
9.3 cm

£70 each 


Silver Mustard Spoons

Silver DishSilver Dish

London 1973
Gerald Benney
Length: 11cm

£395

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SIMON BENNEY Silver Goblet

Silver Goblet
Simon Benney
London 2008
Height: 12.8 cm
Diameter: 6.3 cm

£550 


SIMON BENNEY Silver Goblet

 'Pepperers Guild' Silver Pepper 'Pepperers Guild' Silver Pepper

Silver Pepper
Gerald Benney
London 1980
Height: 6.8 cm

£350

Engraved under the Coat of Arms of the Pepperers Guild
The 800th Anniverasry of the Pepperers Guild 1180-1980 



Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
Gerald Benney
London 1977
Silver Jubilee Hallmark
13.5 cm

£98 


Silver Spoon

Silver Candelabra Silver Candelabra

London 1973
Gerald Benney
Height: 46cm
Width: 22cm
£6950

 



Silver Goblet

Silver Goblet
Gerald Benney
London 1968
Height: 10.6 cm

£750

Another similar available 1978

 


Silver Goblet

Silver Beaker Silver Beaker

London 1948
Gerald Benney
Hand Raised
Mark: Brighton College of Art
Height: 12cm
Diameter: 8.5cm

£695

Handmade by Gerald Benney during his last year at Brighton
before going to the Royal College of Art in 1950

Provenence : The Gerald and Janet Benney Collection of Silver
 



Large Silver Ingot Paperweight

Large Silver Ingot Paperweight
Gerald Benney
London 1981
20.5 cm
16 oz

£695

Presented by Ove Arup Partners (Consulting Engineers) for 10 years service 


Large Silver Ingot Paperweight

Silver Cased Paperweight / Ingot Silver Cased Paperweight / Ingot

London 1996
Gerald Benney
Length: 10cm

£450

Presented by Ove Arup Partners (Consulting Engineers) for 10 years service

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Gerald Benney Silver Jubilee Dish

London 1977
Gerald Benney
Made for Carrington and Co
Limited Edition 79/1000
Diameter: 13½cm

£295

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Gerald Benney Silver Jubilee Dish

Gerald Benney Silver Candle TopsGerald Benney Silver Candle Tops

Silver Candle Tops
Gerald Benney
London 1983

Large: Diameter 8cm Height 7cm £98
Medium: Diameter 5.7 cm Height 4.7 cm £69
Small: Diameter 3.5cm Height: 3cm £45
 



Silver Candle Tops

London 1983
Gerald Benney
Diameter: 3.5cm
Height: 3cm
£89 pair
 


Silver Candle Tops

Silver Letter OpenerSilver Letter Opener

London 1978
Gerald Benney
Length:19.5cm
£495

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Silver Tumblers

London 1980
Gerald Benney
Height: 5.5cm
Diameter: 6cm
£495 each

Two avialable

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Silver Tumblers

Silver Letter OpenerSilver Letter Opener

London 1973
Gerald Benney
Length: 20cm
£650

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Boxed 'Chelsea' Silver Tea Spoons

Sheffield 1961
Designed by Gerald Benney
Made by E Viners
Length:10½cm
£110

Chelsea was Gerald Benney's first big breakthrough design for Viners where he was consultant designer 1959-69.
This would have been mass produced at the time in stainless steel.

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Boxed 'Chelsea' Silver Tea Spoons

Gerald Benney Silver Sugar CasterGerald Benney Silver Sugar Caster

Silver Sugar Caster
Designed by Gerald Benney for Viners
Sheffield 1962
Signed to base 'Designed by Gerald Benny'

Height 15cm

£295

Gerald Benney came into our shop and I asked him about his design work for Viners and he showed me the base of one of these and he said: 'They paid me all that money and couldn't even spell my name correctly!'
(All Viners piece engraved Benny to base) 



Silver 'Guild' Butter Knife

Sheffield 1963
Made by Viners
Designed by Gerald Benney
Length: 15cm

£89

Gerald Benney was consultant designer
at Viner from 1959-1969
(See 'Metalwork Designers of Today' by Brian Larkman p35)

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Silver 'Guild' Butter Knife

Silver Taperstick HolderSilver Taperstick Holder

Sheffield 1962
E Viner
Designed by Gerald Benney
(Viners engraved 'Designed by Gerald Benny')
Consultant designer for Viner 1959-69
Diameter: 13cm
£350

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Gerald Benney Book

The story of fifty years at the bench
by Graham Hughes

220 pages
with lots of colour illustrations

£20

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Gerald Benney Book

Gerald Benney BookGerald Benney Book

Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and
Fine Enamellers

30 Page Catalogue of Benney's Products
Colour and B/W Pictures
130 Items

£45

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Gerald Benney Book

Goldsmith and Silversmith
57 pages well illustrated


£25
 


Gerald Benney Book